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Julien Vermote (Alpecin-Fenix) leads the peloton as his squad seeks to keep the gap to the break under control.

29km to go in the women’s race and Trek-Segafredo are active at the head of the peloton with Longo Borghini, Van Dijk, Brand.

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Just 15 seconds for the three leaders in the women’s race. 33km to go.

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Little change in the men’s race. 5:15 to the breakaway.

Labor and Baker catch Chapman just after the top of the climb. 37km to go.

Juliette Labous (DSM) and Georgia Baker (BikeExchange-Jayco) attack the peloton in pursuit of Chapman. The women are about to hit the Ladeuze climb.

Canyon-Sram joins DSM at the front. Now just 20 seconds to Chapman after that cobbled sector. 40km to go for the women.

The men are representing their first cobbled sector of the day at the Varentstraat.

Meanwhile, Chapman hits the Mariaborrestraat. DSM lead the chase behind her.

55 seconds for Chapman now with 43km to go for the women.

Alpecin-Fenix ​​work at the head of the peloton for team leader Mathieu van der Poel and sprinter Jasper Philipsen.

A shot of the men’s peloton during the early stages of the race.

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The women take the Hotond.

Van Vleuten, Longo Borghini, Lippert, Uttrup Ludwig nip out the front of the peloton but are quickly brought back.

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An hour gone and the breakaway has 3:50 on the peloton. Those five men are our move of the day.

Chapman has 40 seconds on the chase now as the women hit the final 50km.

With 54km to go for the women, Chapman has a 35-second lead.

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Five riders have gone clear at the head of the race across the flat roads early on.

Johan Jacobs (Movistar), Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Kelland O’Brien (BikeExchange-Jayco), Mathijs Paasschens (Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces-WB), Aaron Verwilst (Sport Flanders-Baloise) are out front.

Brodie Chapman (FDJ-Nouvelle Acquitaine-Futuroscope) on the attack now in the women’s race. 57km to go.

So basically all together again in the women’s race, though a much-reduced peloton.

It’s still all together in the men’s race, too.

On Kanarieberg, several riders from the peloton have made it across to the breakaway group. Annemiek van Vleuten and Elisa Longo Borghini are among them and a reduced peloton follows. More attacks go at the front.

Carbonari drops from the breakaway group in the women’s race.

Still no move in the men’s race as riders continue attacking to try and make the breakaway.

68km to go for the women. DSM have Kirchmann and Liane Lippert in the move.

Shari Bossuyt (Canyon-Sram), Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo), Georgia Baker (BikeExchange-Jayco), Jelena Eric (Movistar), Julie De Wilde (Plantur-Pura), Anastasia Carbonari (Valcar-Travel & Service), Maaike Boogaard (UAE Team ADQ), Mie Ottestad (Uno-X) are also in the move.

A small group is away at the head of the race with Kirchmann.

Leah Kirchmann (DSM) leads the attacks in the women’s race as the riders hit the Berg Ten Houte climb with 72km to go.

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Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) are out of the race after that early crash.

Several more riders try to get away but the move is quickly snuffed out. In the peloton, there’s a crash involving several riders – including those from UAE Team Emirates, Astana, Bora-Hansgrohe.

At 79km to go in the women’s race, things are all back together after the two attackers were caught. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig gets a bike change.

Punctures for Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Soudal) and Stefan Bissegger (EF-EasyPost) early on.

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Mathias Norsgaard (Movistar) was among the first attackers of the day but the move has been brought back quickly.

Oliver Naesen speaks ahead of the start…

“Tadej Pogačar doesn’t know these roads, but Biniam Girmay has proven that it doesn’t matter. If I were him, I would attack as soon as possible. Normally, almost no one can follow.

“The big riders will attack halfway through the race. If you have to start even earlier, you’d actually end up with the early break.”

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The race has officially started as the riders reach the end of the neutral zone!

Victorie Guilman and Svenja Betz go on the attack in the women’s race. 88km to go.

Five non-starters today include Jonathan Milan (Bahrain Victorious), Jenthe Biermans, Guillaume Boivin (Israel-Premier Tech), Jordi Warlop (B&B Hotels-KTM), Søren Wærenskjold (Uno-X).

That means that Israel started with just three riders today. Sep Vanmarcke, Hugo Houle, and Taj Jones race for them today.

Big names at the front on the start line. Van der Poel, Pogačar, Lampaert, Van Baarle all up there.

The men are rolling out to start the race now.

92km to go for the women and it’s all back together after the break was caught.

Ominous words from Pogačar…

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The women’s race has hit the first cobbles of the day at Mariaborrestraat, meanwhile.

Yves Lampaert speaks ahead of the start…

“The form is still needs to improve a bit. At Gent-Wevelgem I was already quite happy with my feeling. It wasn’t easy but I was in the first peloton so I can be happy with that.

“Expectation? I think it’ll be a hard and fast race. I hope I can be in the first group again and I can race also, not just follow.”

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Mathieu van der Poel speaks ahead of the start…

“Good. I think I had a good preparation, a nice racing week in Coppi as well. Mentally I look forward to racing in Belgium

“For sure it’s the last big test for me [ahead of Flanders]. It’s a bit of the same race just a little bit less cobbled climbs. I think there’s some good Classic riders here today so it will be interesting.

“I think the course suits racing pretty well. It’s not really a long race and there’s a lot of climbs following up each other. It stays narrow on the roads as well so I think it can be a race from far.”

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Here’s what Alexander Kristoff had to say ahead of the start…

“I think shape is OK. I felt ok on Sunday and today is a new day. I hope to be good.

“It’s hard to say. It’s hard during the race but a bit easier during the final. It can break apart but it can also come back together. I guess there will be a sprint of some sort but how big the group is hard to predict.

“I will try to win but there are many riders who will want to break it apart so we’ll see if I have the legs to follow in the climbs.”

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15 minutes to the start of the men’s race. Riders is still going through the team presentation in Roeselare.

Over in the women’s race, the first break of the day has formed.

Nina Kessler, Katia Ragusa, Anastasia Carbonari, Zsofia Szabo, and Eline van Rooijen are out front after 15km of racing.

Van der Poel is racing his first cobbled Classic of the year so far today. He made an early return to racing following rehabilitation from his long-standing back issues at Milan-San Remo, where he finished third. Last week he won a stage at the Settimana Coppi e Bartali. Speaking ahead of today’s race, he said that this has been among his best preparations for Flanders.

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The women’s race has just started, meanwhile. Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) is the defending champion and race favorite there.

Pidcock, Van Baarle, Philipsen, Trentin, Lampaert, Jakobsen, Benoot, Van Avermaet, Naesen, Moscon, Campenaerts, Pedersen, Simmons, Küng, Vanmarcke, Bennett, Kristoff, Bettiol, Coquard, Groenewegen, Turgis, Terpstra are all lining up alongside Van der Poel and Pogačar.

There are several star names missing from the start list today – Wout van Aert, Biniam Girmay, Matej Mohorič, Kasper Asgreen, Peter Sagan, and Christophe Laporte included – but today’s race will still be a hotly contested one with plenty of big names taking part .

Riders are taking to the stage in Roeselare as we speak to sign-on ahead of the race.

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45 minutes to the start of today’s race and it should be a big one with Mathieu van der Poel making his return to the cobbles and Tadej Pogačar taking to the cobbles for the first time ahead of the Tour of Flanders!

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Dwars door Vlaanderen, the final warm-up race ahead of Sunday’s Tour of Flanders.

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